Watch Darkest Hour full movie online free – Darkest Hour will completely transport you back to post-industrial Britain. It already does a good enough job with the setting, but it’s having such an exceptional performance by Gary Oldman, as well as the rest of the cast, which really brings it to life. Oldman’s depiction of Churchill is so enjoyable to watch, it’s really quite incredible, you just have to see it for yourself. Easily one of the best historical biographies I’ve seen in cinema, a must see.
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Review Darkest Hour by MartinHafer – Well worth seeing just to watch Oldman’s performance.
At this point, “Darkest Hour” has an overall rating of 5.3. I do not understand this at all, but the film has not actually been released yet and has only been seen in film festivals. I assume the overall score will increase considerably–especially since the two reviews for it were quite positive.
Now I must point out that I am a retired history teacher and I consider Winston Churchill to be perhaps the greatest politician of the century. So, I clearly have a bias and predisposition towards liking the movie…especially if it’s done well. Is it a crowd pleaser? Maybe not, as the average movie-goer (especially teens) might not enjoy this or care a lick about the film.
The story covers only a portion of the month of May, 1940…just before the fall of France during WWII. Prime Minster Chamberlain is about to be tossed out of office, as his appeasement strategy with Hitler has turned out to be completely stupid. In his place, some hope for Churchill to be the next Prime Minister…though some forces are working to depose him as soon as he comes to power. At the same time, the war is going as badly as it possibly can. Can Churchill survive this? Well, of course…duh, it’s HISTORY!
The reasons to see this are two big ones….the film has achieved the look of 1940 beautifully and Gary Oldman provides an Oscar- winning performance in the lead. If he is not at least nominated for this top award, I will be completely shocked…and he really managed (along with ample prosthetics) to LOOK and SOUND like the great man. Great job all around…and a perfect film.
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Review Darkest Hour by Norman Dominguez – Another Gary Oldman Triumph
It’s a one man show about one of the towering figures of the 20th Century and what a show it is. Gary Oldman has been able to be Sid Vicious in “Sid And Nancy” with the same outstanding commitment and extraordinary results. Joe Wright, the gifted director of “Atonement” presents us with an irresistible version of Churchill through the magic powers of Oldman but sometimes he doesn’t seem to trust the power of what he has in his hand. Eccentric cuts in the middle of a famous speech for instance and other stylistic distractions arrive with irritating frequency but that doesn’t spoil. too much, the joy and fun of seeing Gary Olman in action. Also interesting to notice, Dunkirk provides a very moving moment for the second time this year.
Review Darkest Hour by RNMorton – Outstanding even with some minor flaws
I cannot remember the last time I was in a movie and I said, gee I wish this movie would keep going because it’s just so damn good. I don’t really have to say anything more about Oldman beyond what’s already been said, that was brilliant Academy Award work. Despite being a literalist on history and not enjoying Hollywood embellishments/contrivances that didn’t really happen, I will repeat something I said on another movie (Patton): I am okay where a fictional event is one that could have happened (or maybe happened out of time sequence) where it is used more to show the persona of the character than to establish an historical fact. Notwithstanding this, the subway scene may have been a little much. Strong cast throughout, including the portrayers of King George VI, Chamberlain, Halifax and Churchill’s lovely secretary (James). A must see for WW II buffs and appreciators of good cinema everywhere.
“This is a film about resistance.”
Review Darkest Hour by jbostrom-643-24996016 November 2017
At the Paris Theater premiere in NYC last night, Joe Wright concluded his introduction by saying, “This is a film about resistance.” That brought immediate and enthusiastic response from the crowd. Oldman gives a stunning performance, but the entire ensemble is clearly caught up in the relevance of the work, not a false note anywhere. Powerful film celebrating Churchill as in touch with the resilience and grit of working class commoners. The villains here are the snobbish pacifist appeasers. Hard to say what American audiences will make of this. It could go either way. There’s enough populist ammunition here to leave a huge chunk of the American political landscape as devastated as the castle in Calais.
Review Darkest Hour by Claudio Carvalho – Fantastic Performance
It is impressive how The World War II can still produce great films after almost eighty year. “Darkest Hour” is an example, showing the biography of Winston Churchill in 1940 when Hitler was invading and dominating the Western Europe. But the film works mainly because of the fantastic performance of Gary Oldman. It is amazing how this actor incorporates the image we have of the great British leader in archival footages. Gary Oldman really deserves the Oscar! Kristin Scott Thomas is also impressive in the role of Churchill’s beloved wife Clemmie. My vote is eight.
Review Darkest Hour by Llareggub – Oldman’s Triumph
Garry Oldman first came to my notice as Sid. He now steps into Albert Finney’s gigantic shoes, and does not disappoint. But a note of disapproval- it was not the Labour Party which brought down Chamberlain in 1940, it was Leo Amery, single handed, with the greatest, most passionate Cri de Coeur ever heard in a parliament until the Man himself unleashed the 18″ guns of the English Language.
Review Darkest Hour by ferdinand1932 – Almost history
As a film this is quite good; it’s not dull, the performances are good, the production design is excellent, the script is a professional piece of work and even Oldman’s make-up is not too distracting.
However, something is not right. If most people get their history from movies, this is concerning. It’s obvious that actual events occurred with real people and what they did and said but in a movie this gets pasteurized into what smart people believe will be more thrilling, more sympathetic, more emotional. That process necessarily alters things into something that is even anachronistically rendered and therefore not in the record.
This defect occurs frequently in this movie , so it’s not history but myth making. A good example is Churchill’s dive into the Underground to meet the common person to steel his resolve. Now Churchill had a mixed view of the average voter, and he was a patrician, but even that aside, he did not need to take a Tube train survey to gauge opinion.
This scene is poached from Shakespeare’s Henry V where the king goes among his soldiers the night before battle to hear them and take courage from their strength. Steal from the best is a good policy, but it’s not history. It’s Shakespearean history and that trades effect for accuracy too.
The audience is given this scene to present Churchill as an instrument of democracy; he’s acting for what the people want, therefore he’s doing the right thing. It’s called pandering.
Well, it is just a movie.
Review Darkest Hour by Vladimirdubal – Gud 2017 movie
Incredible screenplay, visionary directing, outrageous acting, and riveting sound!
The inspiration, as per the screenwriter Anthony McCarten came from 4 speeches given by Churchill over the course of several weeks by Churchill, which makes up the period of the movie. The film exercises restraint in its emotive aesthetic choices – which coupled with the sound by Dario Marianelli- provide the supporting cloth for the actors’ and actresses’ visceral performances. The result is a portrayal which is honest, heartfelt, and magical.
Review Darkest Hour by paddy-56 – Treasure Box of Talents
A very welcome New Year Treat with a cracking script, crisp direction and an engaging cast. Usually, portraits of Winston Churchill tend to be focused on a fully empowered man, complete with legendary wit, oratory and fighting spirit. What makes Gary Oldman’s Churchill stand out is his nuance of character, exploring the doubts and frailties of a man at the centre of political intrigue and the weight of impending history. The dialogue is riveting as you are drawn into a very complex dance of war or peace. The events leading up to Dunkirk are explained clearly with the resulting urgency to evacuate bringing a tension to the story total lacking from last summer’s, “Dunkirk”. Kudos to an outstanding cast, particularly Ben Mendohlson’s King George VI.
Review Darkest Hour by namashi_1 – Gary Oldman is Electrifying as Churchill!
That Gary Oldman is one the greatest living actors in the planet is a known fact to all cine-buffs around the world, but with ‘Darkest Hour’, Oldman has put himself in a place of the all-time heavyweights in Acting. As Winston Churchill, Oldman is a veritable delight & shows us what an actor can do when he sinks his teeth into the part. Oldman is PURE, unfiltered Acting Greatness. And Yes, the movie is good too!
‘Darkest Hour’ follows Winston Churchill (Oldman), and follows his early days as Prime Minister while Hitler closes in on Britain during World War II.
Writer Anthony McCarten & Director Joe Wright deliver ‘Darkest Hour’ with great success. While its ambitious to a fault (the film particularly lags in its initial reels), its overall a great story of a leader, who’s over-the-top & risky decisions led him to create history of its own. This is a personal story about a man in great power & how his courage & at times, humor, led him to become a leader to follow. Churchill is not a perfect man, he’s always in need for a drink or smoking up a cigar with less regard to polluting a room, but he’s a determind man with a vision of a true Prime Minister, that knew how to deal with the forces when the world was at War. McCarten’s Screenplay is engrossing & despite some flaws for its initial tepid start, make up for a well-written Screenplay. Wright’s Direction is commanding & powerful. Bruno Delbonnel’s Cinematography & Valerio Bonelli’s Editing are fantastic. Art & Costume Design, as well as Make-Up, deserve a special mention. Dario Marianelli’s Score, also, is good.
But the reason to really watch ‘Darkest Hour’ is, of course, Gary Oldman. With his perfect body-language, to his impeccable dialogue delivery to the fierceness in his eyes, Oldman is truly remarkable. This has to be his finest performance ever after his mesmerizing turn in ‘Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy’. With Golden-Globe & SAG Nominations already in, Oscar Calling is meant to happen.
Of the rest of the cast, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn & Lily James, are in top-form.
On the whole, ‘Darkest Hour’ is a Gary Oldman showcase. And it helps that the showcase is also a pretty good period piece. Watch It.
Review Darkest Hour by kenstallings-65346 – Academy Award worthy!
Someday, there might be a better movie made about Winston Churchill. But, for now, this is the finest effort to date! It is outstanding. Gary Oldman should hand’s down win the Academy Award. If not for the credits, one wouldn’t know Churchill was being played by Oldman, and perhaps that’s the greatest indication of how well an actor is portraying a character.
In terms of history, this movie essentially shows the turning point of World War II in Europe. This is the moment where Great Britain, and by extension the British Empire, was alone against the Nazis and their Axis allies. The closing speech and scene of this movie is where Hitler truly lost his opportunity to turn continental Europe into a Nazi sphere of conquest.
The senior level conflict between Lord Halifax, colluding with a recently defeated Neville Chamberlain, while shocking to modern day senses fully educated on the true depth of evil Hitler represented, was portrayed quite accurately in this movie. So, while shocking, it is quite accurate history!
It is widely documented that Adolph Hitler fully believed he could sue for peace with Great Britain immediately after defeating France, and firmly believed it was Winston Churchill who kept that from happening. Hitler was correct! There were a number of well known Britons who openly sympathized with the Nazis, and others who simply believed it was necessary to avoid calamity on the British Isle.
It is difficult to project the vast changes in human history had the Nazis been able to secure a peace treaty with Britain after the fall of France, and then turned its full might against the Soviet Union. One must wonder, without even the material assistance of the United States, could Russia had singlehandedly defeated the Nazi invasion?
Russian people would unanimously claim they would have still defeated Germany, and perhaps they would have. But, without question, the absence of a second and third front would have assisted Germany greatly.
Britain’s Finest Hour would never have even happened, had not Operation Dynamo succeeded, and had Winston Churchill not rallied the British people to persevere. One can make a salient argument that a Nazi Third Reich would have become a reality, and not simply a near ten year blight upon human civilization!
This movie beautifully and faithfully portrays these critical events, centered on a single man, who amid horrible threat and limited options for survival, summoned up a will to inspire a miracle at Dunkirk followed by one of humanity’s greatest examples of defeating evil against vast odds.